Monday, March 3, 2014

tribute # 281 - Carol Burnett

Humour, I'd forgotten her. 
She could do chic or goof
happiest when over-the-top.
I'd forgotten hours watching
her and the crew of loons
Tim Conway, Harvey Korman
and Vicki Lawrence. Even 
as if customized for me.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

anecdote # 287 - Elaine (late 90s)

She thanked me for her first day
of work. What?

as she came in wondering
how uptight this workplace would be?

saw me coming down the hall barefoot.
relaxed; she'd fit in fine.

never know who's looking,
taking what away.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

anecdote # 286 - concerned lady

17, late, booting it, turns come fast.
90 degrees at 110kph?


parallel along night's deep ditch.

old couple knocked my window.

Harold go back —
she's not going to make the corner I said.

Harold rocked the car out.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Collective # 89: Music teachers

The women who taught us music in primary school
were flower children of the 60s a little further on.
we learned a lot of 60s protest songs.
I feel as if I grew up in the 60s, with odd gaps.

anecdote #285 - Joni

can't claim intimate connection.
Or even knowing who.

Choir taught The Circle Game
to follow the shape of her voice,

a hand-me-down corset of sound.
without having heard her

she's carried in my solitude.

any culture stripped anonymous,
keeps potency.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

anecdote #284 -Daniel L

summer campfire. field workers and family.
conversation, a singalong. A moved to throw
a chip bag into the flames.
Daniel said ne fait ca, it's hard to believe
sitting here (he looked at the starry sky)
that pollution exists anywhere.

Monday, January 20, 2014

tribute # 280 - GK

I've read witticisms of Chesterton since I was a kid. In December, his books were eye-widening. Tight metaphor, vivid characters, grasp of human nature's motivation, creatively careening through stories with oddball good humour. Not-Sinister is blond, red-head, midlife and male.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

tribute #279 - Campbell's

as a teen got the Campbell's soup cookbooks.
the paper mentors were substitution grids
each veggie, soup, pasta, interchangeable.

looking by category at ingredients as functions
(like Avon's fashion mix & match outfits)
formed the way I conceive of cooking.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

tribute # 278 - insouciant driver who drove away

don't know what occurred up there
sudden braking. chain reaction.

back here in 2009 four cars collided.
one scratched, two damaged and ours?

totalled. 4 years carless. 2 years
phobic of cars, panic attacks

in vehicles. talking
myself down, down.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

collective # 90 - Phase II crew

the crew
from all over the planet

convene to
make more Star Trek

not for profit
props, uniforms, sets, characters

to casting, prosthetics, filming

podcasted free
by volunteers, all maintaining canon

If there's something you want
make it so.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

tribute # 277 - Jim Watson

whether with a few kids doing a fundraiser
or a seniors bake sale, or immigrant forum
as mayor, as member of the community,
he's looking at what works, what would
make things work better.  good-natured
positive energy dynamo, uniting, facilitating.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

anecdote # 284 - the fighter

in childhood I read of a guy
who, popped one on the nose, died,
the bone driven into his brain.

 anatomical myth. 

how many hundreds times
flinching, ducking millimetres,
that story fast-forwarding.

now that it's not true, can
response disappear?

Friday, December 6, 2013

tribute # 276: Alex Munter

as my city councillor 
the first rep of any government I met
who I felt wasn't calling it in.

fully present with people
curious, engaged

going about his life
gay without apology.
just a thing like generic shirt. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

tribute # 275 - Pingu

oddly unaging like silent picture stars
Pingu, those coming of age struggles

assures that caring families exist.
things work out eventually.

what need do we have for words
when we have tone, body.

important things are evident
without phoneme's dross.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

tribute # 274 - Sinclair Lewis

How much of my hometown was as it was
and how much was the overlay of turn of century
Gopher Prairie? I inhaled declaring true, true.
I came to Mainstreet early before my eyes could see.
satire bans compassionate nuances.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

tribute #273 - Holly

is it ever too soon to say impact?
some leave no trace after decades
of acquaintance. she exudes wellness,
balance, confidence expressed as
curiosity. when there's meltdown
not on her part, a nearness of
empathy that doesn't nudge or budge.